Call for Book Nominations: Alanna Bondar Prize



Book nominations due: January 15th, 2016.

This award is named in honour of Dr. Alanna F. Bondar (1968-2014), an ecocritic, ecofeminist, poet, teacher, and founding member of The Association for Literature, Environment, and Culture in Canada / L’Association pour la littérature, l’environnement et la culture au Canada (ALECC). Alanna was an Associate Professor of English at Algoma University in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, and the author of the narrative poetic work There are many ways to die while travelling in Peru (Your Scrivener Press, 2011) and many scholarly publications. Alanna was a passionate educator, writer, gardener and knitter.

This cash prize of $500 will be adjudicated by an ALECC committee and awarded every two years at the ALECC biennial conference. The next conference will be held in June 2016 in Kingston, Ontario. The 2016 prize is open to any book published between Jan. 1, 2013 and Dec. 31, 2015.

One prize will be awarded. In the spirit of Alanna Bondar’s own work, the committee is particularly eager to award the prize to provocative, original, and stimulating books on environmental topics. Interdisciplinary works with a broad appeal within and beyond environmental humanities are also sought, as are books with the potential to engage a broader public. In recognition of Alanna’s passion for teaching, the committee welcomes nominations of books on environmental topics that will inspire students from across a range of disciplines and levels. Genres can include fiction, poetry, drama, creative non-fiction, scholarly monographs, and edited collections.

Eligible authors must be Canadian or live in Canada. Books may be nominated by publishers or ALECC members. Nominated authors or collection editors must be ALECC or ALECC-affiliated-association members by February 1, 2016. Book submissions in English, French or First Nations languages will be accepted.

The deadline for nominations is Jan. 15, 2016.

Written nominations for the 2016 Alanna Bondar Memorial Book Prize including full author information and publisher contact information with a brief explanation (250 words maximum) of how the book and author meet the prize criteria should be forwarded to:

Anne Milne
English Department
University of Toronto Scarborough
1265 Military Trail
Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M1C 1A4

Once a nomination is approved, the committee will contact publishers. Publishers are responsible for forwarding 3 copies of the nominated book to the committee for adjudication. Download a pdf version of this call.